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51. Lyne Starling THOMAS14,51,52 was born on 18 January 1859 in Henry County, Virginia.48,49,51 He died on 13 April 1920 at the age of 61 in Martinsville, Henry County, Virginia. He was buried at Oakwood Cemetery in Martinsville, Henry County, Virginia.

George Thomas has some correspondence from L. Starling in 1913.
Said to be the eldest son. Prepared for the practice of law but seems not to have always practiced law. Married Elizabeth Sheffield about 1882, daughter of William Sheffield and had two daughters, Mary Reamy and Katherine, and a son Archie.
The marriage record in Henry Co, states his parents as C. Y. and M. A. Thomas. Hers as W. A. and C. M. Sheffield.

In 1880, "Sturling" was listed as a Journalist. His age this year agrees with the 1860 census. A note online states that he published the "Martinsville Herald"

1900 Census. Martinsville, Henry Co VA, Hh 342
L. S. Thomas, b. Jan 1859, age 41, married 18 years, Lawyer
Bettie S., wife, b. Aug 1859, 3 children
Mary, dau, b. Jul 1885, age 14
Catherine, dau, b. Oct 1892, age 7
Ida Turner, servant, Black, b. Jul 1881, age 18
Peter Barrow, Boarder, b. Dec 1883, age 16

1910 Census. Martinsville, Henry Co, VA, Hh 9
L. Starling Thomas, age 51, married 1 time for 29 years
Elizabeth S., wife, 51, 3 children
Mary R., dau, 24
Catherine S., dau age 17

THE HENRY BULLETIN, Martinsville, Va., Tue., April 16, 1920, p. 1, col. 5, [edited].
Hon. L. Starling Thomas, a prominent and beloved citizen of Martinsville, died at his home on Starling Street in this city Tuesday, April 13th, after an illness of several months. The funeral service was held from the home Wednesday afternoon. Burial was made in Oakwood Cemetery. Out of town relatives attending were Mr. Frank W. Thomas, brother, of Topeka, Kansas; Mr. William Archer Thomas, son, and his wife, from Buffalo, N. Y., Miss Catharine Sheffield Thomas, daughter, from New York City; Dr. W. P. Few, son-in-law, from Durham, N.C.; Mr. Kit Thornton, cousin, from Schoolfield, Va. and Miss Nannie Gravely from Leatherwood, Va.

Paper dated Apr. 16, 1920, p. 6, col. 1 [edited].
Though only 62 years old at his death, Tuesday, Lyne Starling Thomas was the oldest native of Martinsville. He was born at the Thomas home on Church Street, was reared here and spent his life in his native town, with the exception of a few years at the college and a year in Lynchburg where he held a government post as Deputy Collector.
He was a life-long friend of the public schools, and it was fitting that death should have come to him while he held a position (as a member of the Martinsville School Board) connected with the object of his life long enthusiasm. Mr. Thomas was a facile writer, and as editor in years gone by of the Martinsville Herald, he made his newspaper a worthy and potent agency for the public good.
Another very long article about his life appeared in the paper dated April 30, 1920, p. 9, col. l.

Lyne Starling THOMAS and Elizabeth Ann "Bettie" SHEFFIELD were married on 26 January 1881 in Henry County, Virginia. Elizabeth Ann "Bettie" SHEFFIELD was born on 23 August 1859 in Henry County, Virginia. She died on 3 June 1927 at the age of 67 in Richmond City, Virginia.

1920 Census. Martinsville, Henry Co VA. Oct 29, 1920, Supplement, no household numbers
Bettie S. Thomas, head of household, age 61, Widow
Catherine, dau, age 28.

THE HENRY BULLETIN, June 7, 1927, p. 1, col. 1 [edited].

Funeral services were held Sunday from the First Methodist Episcopal Church for Mrs. Lynne Starling Thomas, 68, who died Friday in a Richmond,VA. hospital following an operation for thyroid and heart trouble.
Since the death of Mr.Thomas 12 years ago, Mrs.Thomas had made her home with a daughter, Mrs. William P. Few, wife of Dr. Few, president of Duke University at Durham.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Few, Mrs. John Ross-Duggan, now living in Australia, and a son, Archer Thomas of Chicago.
Mrs. Thomas was the daughter of Colonel and Mrs. William A. Sheffield, a well-known Henry County family.
Mrs. Thomas was born in Henry County.
Mrs. Thomas lived in Martinsville.
Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery by the side of her late husband.
Mrs. Thomas was devoted to the missionary work of the Methodist Church and was an active member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Lyne Starling THOMAS and Elizabeth Ann "Bettie" SHEFFIELD had the following children:



Mary Reamy THOMAS was born on 12 July 1885 in Virginia. She died on 8 January 1971 at the age of 85 in Durham, Durham County, North Carolina.

Married William P. Few, 17 Aug 1911; he was the president of Duke University at the time of his mother-in-law's death.
The institution now known as Duke University was founded in Randolph County, NC, in 1838, as Brown’s Schoolhouse. By 1859, it had been renamed Trinity College. Trinity College moved to Durham and what is now East Campus in 1892.
The first dean of Trinity College was William P. Few (1902-1910). He was President of Duke University 1924-1940.

From an online biography:
Dr. Few married Mary Reamey Thomas of Martinsville, Virginia, on 17 August 1911. she was the daughter of Lyne Starling Thomas, a lawyer of Martinsville, and his wife Elizabeth Sheffield. Mrs. Few was a graduate of Duke University, class of 1906, and received a master’s degree from Columbia University in 1907. She survived her husband, dying in Durham, North Carolina, in 1971.
(Issue: 5 Children total: 1) William Few b. 1912, d. 1979; 2) Lyne Starling Few b. 1913, d. 19 Dec 2004; 3) Kendrick Sheffield Few, b. 1917, d. 1996; 4) Randolph Reamey Few b. 1920, d. 2008, 5) Yancy Preston Few b. 1922, d. 1939.)



Catherine Sheffield THOMAS.



William Archer THOMAS was born on 16 June 1882 in Martinsville, Henry County, Virginia. He died on 27 March 1959 at the age of 76 in Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina.

Married Evelyn Bunn.
Buried Sharon Memorial Park, Charlotte, NC